CLASSIC TALE: 1963 Corvette Sting Ray was a High School Graduation Present

By: Vern Parker
Motor Matters
PhillyBurbs.com


In the fall of 1962 the new 1963 Corvettes were beginning to appear in Chevrolet dealer showrooms. The 1963 models were the first Sting Ray offerings by Chevrolet. Richard Rago, a high school senior in Albany, Calif., was infatuated with the new Corvette.

His parents, Paul and Rose Rago, had promised him a new car upon his graduation, so in the autumn of 1962, right after the new Sting Rays had appeared, Rago and his father went to the Chevrolet dealership and ordered one equipped exactly like he wanted.

"I waited about eight months or longer for it to be delivered." Rago recalls.

Papers that came with the car show that it was manufactured at a General Motors facility in St. Louis, Mo. As the springtime weather warmed Rago stopped by the Chevrolet dealership on a daily basis to check on the whereabouts of his Corvette. Once it arrived in late April he was informed that it would be ready for delivery the next day. The price Rago's father paid for the graduation present was $4,598.76.

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